March 07, 2017

(STATS) - Valparaiso seeks to continue building its program under fourth-year coach Dave Cecchini during an 11-game 2017 schedule which was announced Tuesday.

The Crusaders are coming off a 4-7 season, including their first three-win campaign in the Pioneer Football League since 2003.

They will open Sept. 2 at Montana as well as play five home games at Brown Field - against Duquesne (Sept. 9) in a nonconference matchup and then Stetson (Sept. 30), Marist (Oct. 14), Morehead State (Oct. 28) and Dayton (Nov. 18) in PFL games.

The Crusaders are expected to return 17 starters.

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2017 Valparaiso Schedule=

Sept. 2, at Montana

Sept. 9, Duquesne

Sept. 16, at Trinity International

Sept. 23, at Drake*

Sept. 30, Stetson*

Oct. 7, at Campbell*

Oct. 14, Marist*

Oct. 28, Morehead State*

Nov. 4, at Jacksonville*

Nov. 11, at Butler*

Nov. 18, Dayton*

* - PFL game

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